The Route of the Abobe is a beautiful circuit loaded with great beauties in Catamarca. These lands are covered with culture and history and traveling through them is a journey into the past that allows you to discover the pre-Columbian ruins , its beautiful colonial chapels and visit wineries and magical villages. This time we tell you everything you need to know about this amazing tour.
The tour begins in Tinogasta , a western region of Catamarca populated for more than 8,000 years by aboriginal communities such as Abaucans, Sahujiles, Smuriles, Huatungasta, Mayupucas and Fiambalaos. Its name comes from an indigenous word meaning “Junta or reunion of the peoples” and was governed by a chieftain until the conquest of the Spaniards. It is located on the RN60, very close to the RN 40, and 271 kilometers from the capital of Catamarca.
It is an exciting 50 km journey that runs from Tinogasta to the entrance of Fiambalá and was declared as a Historical and Cultural Heritage of Catamarca on July 4, 2011.eacute; s of Provincial Law No. 5,326. It was dubbed “La Ruta del Abode” because its main buildings, and most of the family homes, are in a good state of preservation and were built with solid adobe which gives it an aesthetic appearance tourist and worth admiring.
Its main buildings include: Oratory of the Orquera, the Church of Andacollo, Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Church of San Pedro and Ruins of Batungasta or Watungasta. Also noteworthy are the Arms Command and the Mayorazgo Residence of Anillaco.
The best time to visit it is during the spring and autumn seasons because it has a very pleasant weather during the day and cool at night, it also rains very little. Another recommended season is winter, as there is no precipitation and in the area you can enjoy a radiant sun in the morning.
This time we share two great options that you can't let know if you take a walk along the Adobe Route.
The Oratory of the Orquera
It has its origins in 1740 and was built by Doña Manuela and Martina, who came from Upper Peru and after getting married decided to build this small family chapel. Next to the house there is a Museum showing the elements that were used by former inhabitants of the place.
It is a unique construction that underwent minimal modifications as it managed to preserve, over the long years, many of its original materials. One of the most valuable images of this beautiful chapel is an oil depicting that of the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus. The oratory was built with a single piece of adobe and its walls are 70 centimetres thick. The museum shows different elements used by the inhabitants of the village. For adults it is a return to the past in memory, for children it is to see how the last century was lived.
Church of Our Lady of Andacollo
Located 18 kilometers north of Tinogasta, it is considered by most to be one of the most beautiful churches along the way. The material with which most of these buildings were built is clay clay, which is wet and then mixed with straw until a mass is forced into molds forming the marinades and then let them dry.
Our Lady of Andacollo is the only one that has two bell towers. The original building is from the beginning of the 20th century, 1915 to be more precise. Then a collapse, the result of an earthquake, led to the rise, in 1945, of the temple we see today.
Argentina, nacida en La Plata y criada en Jujuy. Licenciada en Comunicación Social y especialista en Comunicación Digital de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Los últimos años me dediqué a la redacción para medios de alcance nacional, enfocado en noticias locales.